Two Truths in One Heart; Two Peoples in One Land: Unlikely Partners for Peace
with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Noor A’wad of Roots/Shorashim/Judur
Monday, November 15 at 7:00pm (in-person at the Dwares JCC and virtual)
Join Noor A’wad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger as they tell their personal stories of their efforts to build a better future for their peoples. They come with no ready peace plans in hand, but only with the conviction that human understanding and trust will be the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom and peace on that tiny sliver of land they both call home.
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About the presenters: Hanan Schlesinger: An Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and a passionate Zionist settler who has been profoundly transformed by his friendship and interaction with local Palestinians. His understanding of the reality of the Middle East conflict and of Zionism has been complicated by the parallel universe they have introduced to him. In early 2014, Ali Abu Awwad and an Israeli partner Shaul Judelman, together with Rav Hanan and other Israelis and Palestinians, founded Roots/Judur/Shorashim. Rav Hanan currently serves as its Director of International Relations.
Noor A’wad: Noor’s family moved from Amman, Jordan to Beit Sahour following the signing of the Oslo Accords. There, he began thinking about his identity as a Palestinian refugee. While studying to become a tour guide, Noor travelled to Israel and for the first time saw Israelis beyond the frame of “occupying soldiers.” After meeting Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Ali Abu Awwad in 2016, Noor joined Roots/Judur/Shorashim, where he currently organizes joint Palestinian-Israeli activities and speaks to visiting groups about his firsthand experiences living through the conflict. Noor resides in Bethlehem today, where he guides English speakers on geopolitical tours of the region.
Please note: Proof of vaccination and face masks will be required for all in-person events.